Raiders Part Ways With OC Bill Musgrave

Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will not be returning to the Raiders in 2017, Ian Rapoport of tweets. Musgrave had an expiring contract and the team allowed it to lapse. Now, quarterbacks coach Todd Downing could be an in-house candidate to replace him. Bill Musgrave (vertical)

[RELATED: PFR’s 2017 Offensive/Defensive Coordinator Tracker]

Under Musgrave’s command this year, the Raiders had the No. 6 ranked offense in the NFL. He was recently mentioned as a candidate to take over as the Broncos’ head coach in the wake of Gary Kubiak‘s retirement, but it is not clear whether Denver has reached out to him.

As shown in PFR’s Offensive/Defensive Coordinator Tracker, the Raiders are now the second team this offseason to be in search of an offensive coordinator, joining the Jets. Former Chargers coach Mike McCoy is said to be a candidate for the Jets’ gig and it will be interesting to see if the Raiders seek out an interview with him, given his familiarity with the AFC West. Before his four-year Chargers stint, McCoy spent three years with the Broncos. Now that he’s available, Musgrave could also garner consideration from Gang Green.

Musgrave, 49, has now completed two separate stints with the Raiders, though they were nearly two decades apart. In 1997, he was Oakland’s quarterbacks coach. In 2015, he was hired as OC.

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5 comments on “Raiders Part Ways With OC Bill Musgrave

  1. mcdusty31

    Wow…seemed like he did a pretty darn good job this year I wonder if there is an underlying reason behind this move

  2. miquan

    Wow…I don’t understand why the Raiders will let him go when he did such a good job! They were only going to get better with him and everybody coming back. Without the injuries we would still be playing!

  3. TJECK109

    There must be some behind the scenes friction that we are unaware of. I just don’t see a guy being mentioned as a HC candidate and leading the #6 offense in the league and 4 players going to the pro bowl being fired unless there is something behind the scenes.

  4. Did the Raiders become the #6 offense because of Derek Carr or Bill Musgrave?
    Many Vikings’ fans sneered at the Musgrave hiring. “Get ready for lots of field goals” was a repeated comment by them. Bad in Minnesota, but good in Oakland. Cause and effect hard to establish with coordinators.

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